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Mitchell County - Summertime means more than just hot weather around South Georgia, it also means its time to get those summertime treats at the store or the roadside stand.

At Morrell Farms east of Camilla the cantaloupes are ripe for the picking and the watermelons and sweet corn are not far away from being ready. According to the Mitchell County Extension Office the season got off to a slow start with some early wind damage and a cool Winter. While the weather has improved a bit, more help is needed from nature.

"At this point in time in 2008 we've got more rainfall to date than we had at this time last year. But we sorely need a rain right now." said Edd Harrison of the Mitchell County Extension.

On average, between 90 and 120 acres of cantaloupe is grown in Mitchell County, and Harrison says that new methods such as drip irrigation helps farmers to save water, fertilize more efficiently and ward off weeds.

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